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Dr Maria Fabiola Leyva-Mendivil BA (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering Sciences/Bioengineering

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Maria Fabiola Leyva-Mendivil is a Mechanical Engineer with interest in biomechanics and Bio-medical Engineering Research.

She has work experience in occupational health and safety, tooling design for the Aerospace Industry, and computational modelling of tribological interactions of human skin and consumer products (industrial applications). Her current research on computational skin bio-physics involves the analysis of different skin damage mechanisms, with a special focus on the need of the elderly population.

Maria Fabiola obtained her bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technological Institute of Hermosillo (Mexico), in 2008. Later in 2011, she obtained her Masters of Science in Advance Mechanical Engineering Science on the area of Bioengineering from the University of Southampton with the support of the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT). She was awarded her PhD degree from the University of Southampton in May 2016, with the development of a project on computation modelling of skin contact interactions with the support of CONACyT and P&G.

She is passionate about science and enjoys participating in outreach events to inspire the younger generations to choose a STEM career.




Research interests

  • Interdisciplinary research on bio-engineering and biomedical engineering: mechanical principles applied to biological tissue.
  • Multi-physics computational modelling of non-linear materials: mechanical, chemical and biological phenomena.
  • Bio-tribological analysis: friction and lubrication of biological tissue.
  • Fluid-structure interactions: lubrication analysis from the fluid perspective.
  • Experimental characterisation of non-linear materials: testing of materials to gather information required for their computational modelling and validation




Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Affiliate research group

Bioengineering Science

Research project(s)

Understanding the physics of wet shaving

The apparently simple act of shaving with a razor and a shave preparation involves complex multi-physics interactions. Notably, it involves the flow of a non-Newtonian, shear-thinning fluid (shave preparation) around the cartridge mechanism on top of a complex highly non-linear structural material (the skin).

Towards a mechanistic understanding of skin tears in the elderly population

Development of a physics-based model of skin tears in aged skin to derive a mechanistic understanding of skin tears in the elderly population.

Develop and contribute to new areas of research that will benefit society and advance biophysical research in relation to ageing. Multi-physic modelling and use of probabilistic finite element and meta-modelling techniques.

Dr Maria Fabiola Leyva-Mendivil
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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